-Are you a God?
- they asked the Buddha.
- No.
- Are you an angel, then?
- No.
- A saint?
- No.
- Then what are you?


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure of
the universe"-Albert Einstein-

Om Mani Padme Hum

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 7 1-6

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nikola Tesla - Genius - Neither Remembered nor Respected

The world we live in today, this world worships a God named Technology. It seems that everybody wants the latest and greatest new whatever, but the reality is that manufacturers, retailers, advertisers and of course the government wants, demands that we the customer, the buyer, the sucker have the latest and greatest, that's how they ALL make the money they need to survive. All of that being said, Tesla was and possibly still is the High Priest of Technology, and he never took advantage or even benefited from his genius or inventions, dying alone and broke after living on a diet of graham crackers and milk at the end of his life.

Tesla, Nikola Tesla....  Unlike Bond who pretty much everyone's heard of, Tesla was a real person, that virtually no one today has heard of. Yet he's responsible for the invention of many of the things that make modern life possible. In the '90's, that's 1890's  He invented, designed and supervised installation of the AC generators at Niagara Falls for Westinghouse, showing that AC power was more practical, more effective and cheaper than Edison's DC power generation. AC was superior in sending power for miles over smaller wires, were DC was limited to short distances over large wires and needing a generator every mile or so. Tesla's goal was to come near to the high frequency of sunlight, creating lights of extraordinary brightness, hoping to eliminate Edison's bulb, which used just five percent of the available energy

In addition he invented the radio, everybody was taught by incompetent teachers that it was invented by Marconi, wrong, in 1943, the Supreme Court granted credit to Tesla for the invention of radio, instead of to Marconi who'd patented a two-tuned-circuit design and a more practical four-tuned-circuit modeled after Tesla's. Marconi's patent  was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court because Tesla's work predated it (Case #369, 6/21/43). But, Marconi did succeed in beating Tesla as the first person to send a wireless telegraph across the Atlantic, Tesla remarked, "Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents."
Tesla was also on his way to inventing the computer, Tesla's 1903 patents 723,188 and 725,605 contain the basic principles of the logical AND circuit element basic to all computers.  He's also credited with inventing  the electric generator, the electric motor, fluorescent lighting among other things.

 The answer came with a remarkable device still known today as a Tesla coil. Patented in 1891, this invention took ordinary sixty-cycle per second household current and stepped it up to extremely high frequencies—into the hundreds of thousands of cycles per second. In addition to high frequencies, the coil could also generate extremely high voltages. With high frequencies, Tesla developed some of the first neon and fluorescent illumination. He also took the first x-ray photographs. But these discoveries paled when compared to his discovery of November 1890, when he illuminated a vacuum tube wirelessly—having transmitted energy through the air. This was the beginning of Tesla's lifelong obsession—the wireless transmission of energy.
Oatmeal A website with a GREAT comic about Tesla and educational too

Tesla in his Colorado laboratory


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hit The Road Barack Says Newsweek

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Dragon's Triangle or the Devils Sea

Map of the Dragons Triangle aka Devils Sea
The Bermuda Triangle has a sister on the same latitude on the other side of the world off the coast of Japan, the Dragons Triangle aka the Devils Sea. It has reportedly the same things happening as the Bermuda Triangle, ships and airplanes going wacky or disappearing, UFO and USO sightings. One thing that I'm not aware of in the Bermuda Triangle is that ghost ships have been seen in the Dragons Triangle. One is a report of the sighting of the Flying Dutchman. The Dragon's Triangle and the Bermuda Triangle aren't located on the Agonic Line, which is where magnetic north is the same as geographic north. The Agonic Line moves,  the North American part of the line is drifting west. Not shown on any world map, the locations of the Dragon's Triangle and the Bermuda Triangle change depending on who you talk to or read.
Ancient legends, dating to 1000 B.C. or before tell about dragons that lived in the triangle near Japan, this may be how this area became known as the Dragon's Triangle. But what were called, even seen as, dragons may have been volcanoes erupting in the sea or islands of the area. The Dragon's Triangle is volcanically active. Islands frequently disappear or new islands appear because of volcanoes and seismic activity.
There's a lot of information online about the Dragons Triangle, a couple are below, but if you're interested take some time, google it and there's a lot to read. Have fun...

Lee Murray

Link to Wikipedia Article the map above and the following is excerpted from

"This area is said to be a danger zone on Japanese maps, according to Charles Berlitz's books The Bermuda Triangle (1974) and The Dragon's Triangle (1989). He states that in the peacetime years between 1952-54 Japan lost 5 military vessels with crews lost totalling over 700 people and that Japanese government sent a research vessel boarded by over 100 scientists to study the Devil's Sea, and that this ship too vanished; and finally that the area was officially declared a danger zone."

Link to the Article the following is taken from at Marine Insight

"Scientifically speaking, the Dragon’s Triangle is said to be one of the world’s 12 existing vile vortices. Vile vortices are those areas where the pull of the planet’s electromagnetic waves is stronger than anywhere else.

Of the other remaining 11 vortices, the Bermuda Triangle is the most prominent one across the globe."

"To begin with, the term dragon in the oceanic area’s name originates with the Chinese fable about dragons existing below the water surface and hauling in vessels with seamen to satiate their hunger. These fables have originated well before the AD period – 1000 BC era – in-turn resulting in leaving a huge impact with their emphasis on presence of mythical creatures like dragons.
Realistically, since this part of the oceanic area is full of subsea volcanoes, it has been speculated, debated and discussed that the eruptions from these volcanoes could have initiated and substantiated the premise of dragons sucking in ships and its crew to the ocean’s depths.
Although official documentation about the mystery of Dragon’s Triangle started with the publishing of Charles Berlitz’s account of the oceanic arena in the late 80s, the existence of Ma-no Umi as this area is called in native Japanese has always haunted the Japanese from venturing into this part of the ocean right from centuries past.
It is said that the conqueror Kublai Khan tried to make inroads into Japan in the 1200s but failed to do because of loss of his vessels and crew, the latter being 40,000 men, in this triangular area. Similarly accounts emerge about sighting of a lady sitting in a vessel resembling the traditional Japanese equipment for burning incense in the early 1800s. In the later century, the most prominent and documented reports are that of the Japanese research ship Kaio Maru No.5 about whose’ whereabouts was never heard of again in the early 1950s. This research ship was sent to find about the previously missing war-ships which had been reported to have gone missing without any trace in this oceanic arena in the same period.

And while the Japanese authorities had declared this area to be dangerous for marine voyaging and transporting in the year 1950, following the unprecedented incident of the research ship, all efforts to unearth the facts behind the mystery were aborted completely."

Link to Wise Geek where I found the following

"The name “Dragon’s Triangle” comes from a centuries-old Chinese legend of dragons living in palaces beneath the sea. The actual area encompasses a triangular line from western Japan north of Tokyo, to Guam to Taiwan.
The Dragon’s Triangle and the Bermuda Triangle each exhibit the same magnetic anomalies, navigation and communication malfunctions. Reports of bright lights, volatile and sudden weather changes, unexplained sudden ocean swells, whirlpools, thick fogs and storms coincide with disappearances of maritime vessels, aircraft, and tales of drifting, crewless ghost ships.
The triangles align point to point through the center of the earth, with the same latitude and longitude. Both are located at the eastern end of large continental masses, where the sea's currents are colliding with warm and cold water, over volcanic areas. Deep trenches are another commonality with the Dragon’s Triangle featuring the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in all the seas. The Dragon's Triangle in particular, reports an ever-changing seascape with professionally charted landmasses and islands literally forming and disappearing overnight"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Death Visits Santa Ana In The Guise Of Two LA Co. Deputy Transit Cops - Death Missed This Time - Barely

I found ANOTHER case of police abuse, well in this case transit cop abuse, in the Orange County Weekly. It hasn't been played up in the news for some reason, but it happened in Nov 2009. The article below describes it better than I ever could, but the emphasis in red, bold, and large print is me emphasizing some points.

Lee Murray
Beating Mr. Jones  from the OC Weekly  Link to original article
Moxley Confidential by R. Scott Moxley

It isn’t just the Kelly Thomas killing in which cops believe they have the right to execute a citizen during a scuffle
Perhaps you can’t blame Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies Scott C. Harper and Brian Sherred for thinking an unarmed man standing near a Santa Ana sidewalk in broad daylight and minding his own business was cause for a Code 3, guns-drawn, emergency situation.
As transit cops, Harper and Sherred— two hulking officers who could easily play non-talking, lethal-mercenary extras in a Jerry Bruckheimer film—don’t exactly work in an environment that says movie material. The most common excitement they enjoy is detecting ticket cheats or catching juveniles who throw rocks at passing trains. Sometimes, work gets so boring for the deputies they discover imaginary crimes. In June 2009, for example, Harper got a hunch that an African-American woman reading a Bible on a train from Riverside to Union Station in Los Angeles didn’t have a ticket. She did, but that didn’t stop him from handcuffing and removing her, according to court records.

Five months later, Harper and Sherred thought they were on the verge of a major bust near the Santa Ana Metrolink station. In their patrol car, the deputies (who are white) turned a corner and, in their minds, saw convincing proof that a serious crime was under way: A soft-spoken, African-American homeless man, 45-year-old Johnnie Franklin Jones, stood alone, facing a wall close to the sidewalk. He’d turned away from the street to tuck in his shirt.
The deputies swerved their patrol car into the wrong lane and leaped out of the vehicle, their guns drawn. They began issuing commands as they rushed up to a startled Jones, knocked him to the pavement and beat him severely. Jones landed in the emergency room at Western Medical Center with multiple facial-bone fractures and in need of surgeries.
In theory, police officers can’t just beat the hell out of a citizen without a good reason. Harper and Sherred produced their justifications in the aftermath, claiming the tall, skinny Jones was a drug user with superhuman strength. They charged Jones—an Orange Coast College student with a clean record and a long history of employment—with five major crimes, including destruction of evidence. They claimed he assaulted them to evade arrest for the cocaine he possessed. Indeed, Harper and Sherred noted said they saw Jones holding “rock cocaine” in his hand, and then, as he fought them, Taking a momentary timeout to put the drug to his mouth and swallow.
Can’t you image this scenario on an episode of Cops: The Super-Dangerous Duties of LA Transit Cops?

The deputies’ story seemed plausible, especially because everyone knows cops would never, ever lie. But there was a huge problem: The rock-cocaine tale was fictitious. Toxicology tests done on Jones within minutes of his arrival at the ER proved he had no drugs in his system, not even a faint trace of cocaine.


But Jones—whose face is now slightly deformed as a result of the officers’ crushing blows to his head—would remain stuck in a twisted La-La Land. Harper and Sherred continued to push charges. To bolster their stance, they wrote supplemental reports that added a new element to justify them drawing their weapons immediately upon arrival. They speculated that Jones had been urinating on the wall or preparing to perform an act of indecent exposure instead of using rock cocaine.
Those scenarios had no evidence either; officers scoured the area of the incident in hopes of finding discarded drugs or proof of urine but found nothing. The flasher scenario also went nowhere because no witnesses saw anything lewd.

It didn’t help that Harper couldn’t get his story straight. He initially reported that Jones’ hands had been in his pockets when they arrived. Later, perhaps to match up with the urination or flasher scenarios, Harper changed his mind and said Jones’ hands had been shoved inside his pants’ waistband. During a deposition, Harper took a third stance by asserting that “pants pocket” and “waistband” are interchangeable terms.

There were also issues surrounding the use of force that fractured Jones’ jaw and eye bone, leaving him with double vision in certain conditions. The deputies claimed they had to assault the suspect because he was attacking them “with great strength” and they, the trained officers holding guns in their hands, “feared” for their lives. Tellingly, the deputies emerged from the incident boo-boo-free.

After reviewing the deputies’ questionable reports, Orange County Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hungerford refused to prosecute Jones even on the misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge. Hunger Ford determined that the deputies had overreacted at the scene, concluding there was “no probable cause to detain” Jones.

In 2010, Jones sued in federal court. The LA sheriff’s department backed the deputies, claiming Jones had given officers the right to attack him when he allegedly didn’t raise his hands fast enough. The agency’s view was that Jones must have been guilty of something.

During the pretrial period, deputy Los Angeles County Counsel Joseph Langston took the position that a federal judge’s order that Jones was to receive all discovery records on the officers meant he only had to share information favorable to the cops’ side. Working in conjunction with the sheriff’s department, Langston, who is the spitting image of a young Rob Lowe, stonewalled Jones’ legal team of Jerry L. Steering and Alexander J. Perez. The department even ignored the orders of U. S. District Court Judge David O. Carter. The battle over the records went on for days at the outset of the trial. Finally, Carter told Langston that he was on the verge of sending a team of U.S. Marshals to arrest Sheriff Lee Baca and transport him to his courtroom.

The department still refused to produce recordings of internal-affairs interviews with Harper and Sherred; in fact, as of this moment, they remain officially “lost.” That claim is “very troubling” to Carter. In open court but outside the presence of the jury, he opined, “This certainly reflects on the agency.”

Sheriff’s officials finally released a video of Harper participating in an incident in which a herd of transit deputies brutalized a different African-American suspect, pulverizing his face with a barrage of punches and forcefully slamming him—throatfirst—into the door jam of a patrol car.

During Jones’ trial, Harper testified he was without remorse about his use of force. He’d done the man a favor, he explained, by not inflicting more damage.Without a hint of a smile, he asserted that, as a cop, he believed he had “the right to execute” Jones at the scene.
On May 14, we learned a result that should worry members of the community hoping for justice in the case of the Fullerton cops charged with the 2011 savage killing of Kelly Thomas, another unarmed, homeless man. A jury dominated by folks you’d easily find at a Newport Beach country club discussing the latest BMW accouterments couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict. In its final vote, the jury voted 7 to 1 to sanction the conduct of the deputies, resulting in a hung jury.

“We had no video like the Thomas case,” explained Steering. “But we’re going to re-try this case. The deputies beat an innocent man.”


Transit Deputies Who Severely Beat Unarmed Homeless Man Get Hung Jury

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Transit police deserve some of the whoopass action too, no?

An Orange County federal jury could not reach a unanimous decision today in the civil case of a unarmed homeless man severely beaten in Santa Ana by two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department transit deputies in November 2009.

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter accepted the jury foreman's report that there was a hopeless deadlock, thanked the eight members of the citizen's panel (five women and three men) for their service and, after consulting with each side in excessive force lawsuit, dismissed the jurors late this afternoon.

The jury had favored the defense of deputies Scott C. Harper and Brian Sherred, who acknowledge that they beat the hell out of Johnnie Franklin Jones--a pleasant, hardworking fellow--on a public sidewalk but claimed their use of force was justified because the suspect didn't rapidly comply with their orders to raise his hands.

Jones' legal team of Jerry L. Steering and Alexander J. Perez had argued during a four-day trial that Harper and Sherred fabricated post-incident reports to justify the excessive use of force that put Jones in the hospital and required emergency surgeries.

On behalf of the officers, deputy Los Angeles county counsel Joseph Langston, a near perfect Rob Lowe look/sound-alike, argued that Jones caused the attack by assaulting the officers and acting mysteriously.

Immediately following Judge Carter's case-ending announcement, Jones said that he was ready for a new trial.

In its final deliberations, the jury voted 7-1 in favor of Harper and Sherred.

Jones--who, though homeless at the time of the incident, works two jobs and hopes to get a degree from Orange Coast College--is African American; the deputies are white (terribly pale, actually); and post-55, white folks comprised most of the jury.

Sheriff's departments in Southern California never admit wrongdoing and Orange County has a long, shameful history of white-loaded juries looking the other way in cases of police brutality.